Mar 4, 2009

Possible Link Between ADHD & Eczema Found

"Scientists have recently discovered a link between eczema and the symptoms known collectively as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Looking at the facts, this link is not surprising in the least. Researchers are still exploring the precise nature of the relationship but, in the meantime, effective eczema treatment may help kill two birds with one stone.

The study, conducted by German researchers on roughly 3,000 young people, found that the more frequently participants saw a doctor for eczema treatment, the greater their chances of also being diagnosed with ADHD. In fact, the chance of eczema sufferers exhibiting ADHD symptoms was increased by 54% over those without eczema.

Although no definite conclusions have been reached about the nature of this relationship, some experts have suggested that coping with the scaly, itchy rashes of eczema causes sleep loss and other problems that may be the true source of or exacerbate ADHD symptoms."

German researchers have found that 5.2% of eczema patients also had ADHD.

--CNN Health

Interesting. That's all I can say. Who would have ever dreamed there would be a link between eczema and ADHD? The strange thing is, My eleven year old ADHD son has never had eczema in his life. His younger brother, on the other hand, has suffered with it since birth.......and he doesn't have ADHD. I'm sure there will be more information forthcoming on the possible links between the two.

What are your thoughts? Does your ADHD child also suffer from eczema? Do you see a correlation between the two in your child?

Full story available via: The Open Press.


  1. This is interesting. My eight year-old daughter was diagnosed with ADHD in Kindergarten, and she has recently developed eczema on her arms. She was also diagnosed with dyslexia at age 6. Could there be a correlation with all 3 disorders?

    40% of children with dyslexia have ADHD. It would be interesting to discover the percentage of those children with eczema.

    We know that allergies, eczema, and asthma all tend to effect children as a triad. I wonder if ADHD (and dyslexia) could be somehow related with those immunity disorders?

    Shelley Ball-Dannenberg
    Dyslexia Testing & Information Services

  2. That is really interesting. My 8 yr. old daughter has ADHD and eczema.

  3. My son has ADHD, but my daughter has from eczema. We tried exploring the food allergy theory (dairy allergy is rumored to cause eczema and ADHD symptoms) but my daughter won't stick with the diet. My sons ADHD symptoms appear to improve slightly though when he avoids dairy, so it wasn't all for naught! Please check out my blog and add a link if you'd like- may I add yours to mine?


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